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Published July 19th 2019
Surf, sea, and superior food at Lorne Beach Pavilion
Lorne Resort perfect winter or summer - All photos by Tricia Ziemer
When I travel to the beach, I want to be as close to the beach as possible. I want to see the sky change from light blue, to dark clouds, to glorious shades of pink sunsets. I want to watch the waves and try to predict the curl, the run, the stoke.
The Stoke is the centre of the surfing wave, where the positive ions vibrate and this energy energises each and every one of us. That is why, when we spend the whole day at the beach, we are still energised. We have absorbed all the positive healing energy. It is common for disabled groups to learn to surf, so they get the healing benefits of the Stoke. I learned this from the other surfers when I was surfing at Smith's Beach Phillip Island years ago. That is why when Australian's say, "They are stoked.", it means they are very happy and blissful.
So when I get to the beach, I want to get my feet wet and feel the stoke. So finding a place to eat on the beach and enjoy all of the above is a rare treat. That is to have a lovely feed and then walk it off in such a stunning environment, is dreamy.
I was so lucky to find it in the Lorne Beach Pavilion. I remembered this place from years ago, when good friends got married there, as it is a stunning wedding venue. It has both indoor and alfresco dining and I remember, a lovely local dance band, so we could really boogie. And you can go onto the beach to enjoy the sound of the ocean, if the music gets to loud.
During the week I was in Lorne, I found myself continually being drawn back to this café. Over that week, I was able to try a variety of fare. I was on holiday and cooking was not on the agenda. No one depending on you to cook, create, and another innovate meal is liberating. I don't mind the cooking, I just run out of ideas.
I started, not surprisingly for people who know me, with seafood and as I am part Greek, Saganaki. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, but it was perfect. Full rich cheesy saganaki and calamari cooked to the perfection. Both slightly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.
It was so yummy I was pulled back for lunch on another day and had the best caesar salad of my life. Big chunky bits of bacon, with bread, and the perfect dressing.
Finally, my last day I had to stroll back there for a long relaxing breakfast before the long trip home. The eggs benedict was quite nice and the service was even nicer. Because breakfast closes off at 11:00 am and with trying to pack and check out, I missed the deadline, but they were happy to serve me breaky. That is what makes this a great café over a good one.
I love watching all the families on the beach racing around joyfully and the surfers trying to predict the waves. And of course, I enjoyed my last stroll on the beach before I had to head home to responsibilities. But I saw all the children run around to the outdoor, in ground trampolines, having a blast.
I felt like I had had a nice relaxing long holiday instead of just a few short days. I can highly recommend this trip to Lorne. And I can highly recommend a stay at the Sandridge Motel and Beachfront Apartments. This lovely restaurant is a two minute stroll from them.
I can also highly recommend the Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry for a quick, fun, relaxing beautiful way to get across the city from the East instead of fighting city traffic. See if you can spot the dolphins in the summer!
Queenscliff Ferry is the way to travel to Great Ocean Road in relaxed style